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Compact Excavator Sales celebrates 30th anniversary

By Stephen Elliott

March 10, 2024

Compact Excavator SalesCompact Excavator Sales anniversary, Elizabethtown, Ky., a North American distributor for KATO Works and Canycom east coast distributor, will celebrate its 30th anniversary throughout the year and include collaborations with popular YouTubers Daniel Arms of Arms Family Homestead and Nathan Elliott of Out of the Woods Forestry.

Founded in 1994 by Mike and Markie Smith, Compact Excavators began with a vision to supply quality equipment to rental houses in North America, the company said. Taking years of experience, relationships, and a drive to grow, Mike Smith kicked off Compact Excavator Sales with its initial show at The ARA Show in Atlanta, in 1994 and celebrated its anniversary at The ARA Show™ 2024 in New Orleans. Over the years, the company grew significantly, continually expanding its product lines and services to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

In 2016, KATO Works purchased IHI, and IHI Compact Excavator Sales transitioned to KATO Compact Excavator Sales. The transition reflected a new partnership and expanded product lineup.

“We were immensely proud to celebrate 30 years of service with customers, industry partners, and family that have made this journey possible,” said Mike Smith. “Our anniversary celebration at The ARA Show in New Orleans was not just a milestone for our company, but a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication, the quality of our products, and our commitment to customer support.”